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When you’re smoking, you’re not solely damaging your lungs: you’re also destroying your teeth. Because smoking and using tobacco can impair flows of blood, your gums may be void of the right amounts of oxygen they need when you smoke, making them more vulnerable to disease.

If you smoke or use tobacco, here are a few more reasons why you may want to consider stopping:

-Smoking increases your chances of developing periodontal disease.

-Harmful chemicals in smoke and tobacco harm the immune system and contaminate gums, a combo very hazardous to your oral health.

-Nicotine is poisonous to the formation of connective tissues and a proponent of catalysts that kill those tissues.

-The likelihood of effective gum disease healing is lowered and drawn out when you smoke or use tobacco.

-Smokers are relatively much more likely to form oral cancers than are non-smokers.

Make no mistake about it, smoking is bad for your oral health. We also accept that quitting is definitely not easy. If you would like help giving up smoking, the team at Michael Kim, DDS would like to help. Please set up your next visit with Dr. Michael Kim now by calling our Mequon, Wisconsin, office at 262-241-5558. We’ll be glad to see you soon!